17 JUNE 2016
ICSA president Patrick Kent has re-affirmed the ICSA commitment not to take levies from farmers selling their produce. “It is difficult to reconcile having money collected by meat factories with the need to speak out freely when farmers are getting a raw deal. ICSA believes that the cost of all levies on farmers is excessive at a time when most cattle and sheep farmers are getting zero profit from the marketplace. ICSA is a levy free organisation and we believe it is time for a review of all levies collected from hard pressed farmers. We need to see what value farmers get from levies deducted from them.
Mr Kent also re-iterated the need to ensure that there was full transparency around levies on cattle tags so that all farmers could make informed decisions.